This week’s happenings in the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) point to one truth in the upcoming elections: the electorate can always trust MCP to lose the race at the last hurdle, not for lack of endurance but of their own making. If the court drama that characterised the run-up to the convention did not…

ACB backs APM, Clears chilima

  The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) says investigations into the K2.7 billion Malawi Police Service (MPS) food rations contract have revealed that President Peter Mutharika did not personally benefit from K145 million deposited in the DPP’s bank account. In an e-mailed response to a questionnaire, ACB director general Reyneck Matemba said much as he could not…

Bureau declares SKC not under probe

  The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) says Vice-President Saulos Chilima is not under any criminal investigations as implied by a witness statement circulating on social media. ACB director Reyneck Matemba clarified the matter after Chilima’s lawyers wrote the bureau on August 8 2018 seeking clarification on whether the graft-busting agency is investigating the Vice-President for any…

On July 18 2017, President Peter Mutharika celebrated his 77th birthday with a whistlestop tour that ended with a tumultuous welcome at Biwi Triangle in the city of Lilongwe. There to welcome him was the surprise of surprises, his Vice-President Saulos Chilima. The surprises did not end there as one after another speaker gave the…

MCA, World Bank back tariff increase

The Millennium Challenge Account Malawi (MCA-M) and World Bank have backed power distributor Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom’s) proposed base tariff increase. The two institutions argue it is a means to attract investments into the sector and improve access to electricity for more Malawians. Escom plans to increase the tariff by 60 percent from…

Quota system debate resurfaces

A leaked letter from the National Council for Higher Education (Nche) to a disgruntled student not selected to a public university has stirred anger and debate over the quota system of selecting students. When the system was first introduced in 1993, a group of students from the University of Malawi (Unima), led by the current Attorney…

Ombudsman takes on LWB for humiliation

  Ombudsman Martha Chizuma has taken to task Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) for the humiliation she allegedly personally suffered as the board’s customer at LWB Area 18 offices. In her strongly-worded five-paged letter addressed to LWB chief executive officer Engineer Alfonso Chikuni, which The Nation has seen, the Ombudsman bemoaned what she described as poor…

This time about seven years ago, Malawians woke up to the realisation of the work of politicians in their attempt to ingratiate themselves to the powers that be when a then not-so-well-known politician Charles Mchacha was part of a trio recorded in a gossip session with the current President Peter Mutharika. Mutharika then was embroiled…

Veep security detail fully reinstated

  Malawi Police Service (MPS) has fully reinstated officers withdrawn from the security detail of Vice-President Saulos Chilima following a High Court order granted last Friday. Press officer in the Office of the Vice-President, Pilirani Phiri, yesterday confirmed that Police Mobile Service (PMS) officers withdrawn and transferred with immediate effect last week Wednesday had been…

Embassies fail to remit K357m visa fees

  Malawi’s foreign missions have not remitted K357 million in passport and visa fees collected in the 2016/17 financial year, with government conceding that there is no system of remitting the funds back home. Treasury Instruction 5.7.3 of 2013 states that revenue collectors “shall collect and account for revenue and other public moneys falling within…

Donors back NGOs on funding

  Development partners Britain and United States of America (USA) have justified direct funding to non-governmental organisations (NGOs), saying they closely monitor the finances to enable swift action in the event of financial mismanagement. The donors were responding to a report which the NGO Board submitted to Parliament highlighting that close to K1 trillion of…

Ombudsman, TNM executive  in sleepover challenge

Ombudsman Martha Chizuma Mwangonde and TNM managing executive Phyllis Manguluti on Friday night took on the Sleepover Challenge in aid of mothers and babies of Ntchisi. The Sleepover Challenge is an initiative of Nation Publications Limited’s Mothers’ Fun Run, in which high-profile women raise money by spending the night at remote health centres while experiencing…

The quote “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake” is popularly attributed to the diminutive warmonger Napoleon Bonaparte, who in his own right was a well-known war strategist. Long before the June 6 press conference during which Vice-President Saulos Klaus Chilima hinted on his intentions to leave the party on whose ticket…

Govt, opposition in blame game on parties law

Government and opposition political parties are engaged in a blame game over delays in enforcing the Political Parties Act enacted to ban handouts and demand disclosure of sources of party financing. In an interview yesterday, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka accused Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu of using the…

On July 18 2017, President Peter Mutharika celebrated his 77th birthday with a whistlestop tour that ended with a tumultuous welcome at Biwi Triangle in the city of Lilongwe. There to welcome him was surprise of surprises, his Vice-President Saulos Chilima. The surprises did not end there as one after another speakers gave the Vice-President…

NGO funds  Stir debate

Debate has resurfaced over transparency and accountability levels among non-governmental organisations (NGOs) following an NGO Board report indicating that the sector is collectively handling budgets estimated at about K1 trillion yearly. The estimated K1 trillion budget channelled through NGOs is more than what the Malawi Government allocated to local government councils for health, education and…

Malawi, Sadc face bleak food security outlook

Southern African Development Community (Sadc) countries face a bleak food and nutrition security outlook with 29.4 million people projected to be food insecure in the 2018/19 season from April 2018 to March 2019. The number of people represents 14.2 percent of the regional grouping’s total population. In Malawi, the Sadc State of Food and Nutrition…

10 chiefs in APM Comesa entourage

  Despite government committing to cut expenditure on external travel, President Peter Mutharika has included at least 10 traditional leaders in his delegation to the 20th Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) Summit in Lusaka, Zambia. The Nation has established that the chiefs in the President’s entourage include Inkosi ya Makhosi M’mbelwa V…

Chilima sidelined

  The Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) yesterday left out Vice-President Saulos Chilima from the protocol list to see off President Peter Mutharika to Zambia for the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) Summit. Written communication from Chief Secretary to the OPC Lloyd Muhara that The Nation has seen, issued on…